How to Change DNS Records with Your Domain Provider

What is DNS (Domain Name System)?

 

DNS, or the Domain Name System, is an infrastructure on the Internet that translates human-readable domain names into numeric IP addresses that computers use to identify and locate other devices and services on the network. Essentially, DNS acts as an Internet directory.

When you enter a URL into your browser, such as www.example.com, DNS is responsible for translating that domain name into the corresponding IP address of the web server where the site is hosted. Without DNS, you would have to remember and type in complex numeric IP addresses instead of user-friendly domain names.

 

How to Change DNS Records with Your Domain Provider:

 

Changing DNS records with your domain provider is a common process when you want to associate your domain with a new web server or hosting service. Here are the general steps to do it:

  1. Log In to Your Domain Provider Account: Access your domain provider’s account using your credentials.
  2. Find the Domain Management Section: This may vary by provider, but you’ll generally find a section called «Domain Management,» «Domain Settings,» or something similar.
  3. Select the Domain to Edit: In your list of domains, choose the domain for which you want to change the DNS records.
  4. Look for DNS or Name Servers Configuration: This option may be labeled differently but look for something like «DNS Settings» or «Name Servers.»
  5. Edit the DNS Records: Now you can edit the DNS records. You may find fields for «Primary Name Servers» and «Secondary Name Servers» or just a field to enter the DNS numbers. Enter the new DNS numbers provided by your new hosting provider or service.
  6. Save Changes: After entering the new DNS numbers, save your changes. This might require clicking a «Save» or «Update» button.
  7. Wait for DNS Propagation: After making the change, be aware that DNS propagation can take time. Information about the new DNS spreads across the Internet and this can take anywhere from a few hours to 48 hours or more.
  8. Verify the Configuration: After some time has passed, verify that your domain is correctly pointing to your new web server or hosting. You can do this by entering your domain in a browser and checking that the site loads from the new server.

It’s important to note that changing DNS records affects how your domain is directed on the Internet, so make sure you have the correct DNS numbers provided by your new hosting provider before making the change. Also, during DNS propagation, some visitors may still see your site on the old server while others will see it on the new one.

If you need assistance with the modification of your DNS, please do not hesitate to contact us. At Step Optimizer, we are delighted to be at your service and help you.

Daniela Gavidia Strubinger
danielag@stepoptimizer.com

Digital Marketing and Web Development Expert

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